Five star Rot-Weiss get one over on Mulheim to go clear in Germany

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Rot-Weiss Koln are the last side standing with a perfect record in the German league as they made it five wins from five with wins over Uhlenhorst Mulheim and Crefeld over the weekend.

On Saturday against Mulheim, they were in trouble at 4-3 behind when Timm Herzbruch scored a penalty stroke as the home side threatened a repeat of their playoffs win from earlier this summer.

But Tom Grambusch equalised in the 52nd minute from a corner and repeated the trick for his third goal of the game to make it 5-4. Christopher Ruhr completed a run of three goals in five minutes for a 6-4 success.

Rot Weiss coach Andre Henning was happy with how his side played, saying: “We showed great strength there. We actually started well but then played two bad quarters where we played with poor risk management, especially against counter-attacks.

“But to pull yourself up and come back is very strong so I am very satisfied with the result and the mental performance today."

They followed up a day later with a 2-0 win over Crefeld with Marco Miltkau and Florian Scholten getting the goals.

Their weekend got even better with the news that Mannheimer HC had dropped points. Mannheim did beat BW Berlin on Saturday with two goals from Felix Schues and one each from Gabriel Ho-Garcia, Timm Haase, Guido Barreiros and Gonzalo Peillat.

But a day later, a pair of Peillat corners was not enough to get over the line against Berliner HC. They led going into the closing stages but Martin Haner scored his second of the game to make it 2-2.

It meant they dropped points for the first time this season and sit two points off Rot Weiss.

Polo, meanwhile, are third with four wins out of five with a 3-1 result over Harvestehuder THC and a 2-0 win over UHC Hamburg.